As a veteran HB carrier, with still unresolved HP and AG (and IM), I was just wondering how you are doing now? And, just to clarify one more time - it is actually possible to revert atrophic gastritis once you resolve the bacteria?
malcolm wrote:I just want to update this old thread to give hope to anyone undergoing treatment for h. pylori and AG:
After I posted about my eradication treatment and atrophic gastritis 2 1/2 years ago, I developed horrible acid reflux in the fall of 2011 (a few months after the treatment). Sometimes I would wake up nauseous in the middle of the night, and one time I tore my esophagus from vomiting so hard. A gastroscopy revealed some acid damage to the bottom of the esophagus and dark spots of AG were visible in my stomach.
I started on some medicine for the acid reflux, including a PPI, and they fixed the problem. 6 months later I stopped taking the PPI (I had stopped the other medicine earlier) and was fine after initially experiencing some return of the symptoms for a week. A little more than a year after the h. pylori antibiotic treatment, I had another gastroscopy and this time the black spots were no longer seen and I was told that my AG was almost completely gone (a 1 on a scale of 1 to 6). According to the doctor my risk for stomach cancer is no higher than if I had not had the infection.
It's been a couple of years and my stomach feels great, the best it's felt in years. I eat anything I want, and I love spicy food. I just want to say thank you to Dr. Marshall for his research and everyone here for their advice, and also I would encourage anyone who is infected to get it treated right away and to know that even though you may be experiencing horrible gastritis or acid reflux, with treatment there's a good chance that it will only be temporary.